Redeemed by Jesus, The Passover Lamb

In the Word of God, there is so much foreshadowing and prophecy that it is unreal. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. (1 Peter 1:18-19) We see from that text that man’s redemption was wrought by the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. In the cross and the resurrection, we see that man is Redeemed by Jesus, The Passover Lamb.

The gospels give us an account of how man is Redeemed by Jesus, The Passover Lamb

Mark 15

37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.

38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.39 And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died, he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”….

42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath). So as evening approached,

The day on which Christ died is called “the Preparation” in Mark 15:42; John 19:31; in John 19:42“the Jews’ Preparation. The reference to Preparation would be to the 6th day of the week where there was a need of preparing food for the Sabbath. In Mark 14:12 , we we see  Jesus and the disciples discussing preparation for the Feast of Unleavened Bread and The Passover. This feast symbolized the removal of sin in the life of Israelite believers (Ex. 12:14–20). The Passover meal fell on the first day of this feast (v. 1 note; Ex. 12:14, 15), the fourteenth day after the beginning of the Jewish year (Ex. 12:6).

Redeemed by Jesus, The Passover LambJesus died at Passover, the feast that celebrates how the blood of a lamb protected the Israelites in Egypt from God’s wrath. Jesus’ death shows the profound continuity in the divine plan of redemption (crf. 1 Corinthians 5:7). In the order of these feasts is affirmed the priority of God’s act of salvation (Passover and redemption) over against all our works of righteousness (Feast of Unleavened Bread and the believer’s putting away of sin).

Jesus embodied the foreshadowing of the Passover in Exodus. Jesus also fulfilled the prophecy to Abraham where God said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them. So shall your offspring be.” God was accounting for the fall of man that was initiated with Adam and Eve. Back then, God knew that man would be Redeemed by Jesus, The Passover Lamb.

Have you been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb? Hebrews 9:22 says, “And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.” (NKJV) or 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. (NIV) Without Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross, each person will be accountable to God for his/her own sins. Romans 6:23 tells us “For the wages of sin is death”.  Be Redeemed by Jesus, The Passover Lamb and live escaping death, the eternal separation from God.


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